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Senior Gecko Ensembles are for people aged 13 – 17

“You feel really at home, surrounded by a group of really nice kids who share the same passion as me”
-Senior Gecko Ensemble member 2016

The Senior Gecko Ensemble is all about building theatre skills and professional practice in an environment of play, imagination and possibility. Over the year this ensemble will explore acting fundamentals, Shakespeare monologues and a range of theatre devising techniques, in a playful, supportive and professional environment.

Term 1: The Tourist

I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.
-Douglas Adams

In Term 1, the Senior Geckos will be exploring the theme of The Tourist, based on UNESCO’s year of Sustainable Tourism For Development. Classes will use this as a point of departure to explore fundamental acting skills, based on the big ideas and challenges in the world around them.

Term 1 will also explore the question: What makes a great actor? The best actors seem effortlessly watchable, as if they were born to it. But talent is so much more than natural charisma. It can be learned. The great acting teacher Stella Adler says “your talent lies in your choices”. This term Senior Geckos will explore acting from the ground up, learning how to be truly present as an actor and create thrilling and unique performances.

Term 1 is a process term. This means classes are focused on introducing young people to the fundamental elements of performance through a powerful and relevant theme, and not on rehearsing for a performance outcome.

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Term 2:  A Focus on Performance – Shakepeare

This term Barking Gecko Ensembles are all about Shakespeare!

Whether diving into Shakespeare’s best loved stories, creating big bold characters, or brushing up a monologue for an audition, there will be something in this term for everyone. The Senior Geckos will be exploring the skills an actor needs to tackle the greatest texts ever written and bring them to life in their own unique interpretations.

This is a performance-focussed term, so the term’s work will culminate in a short showing to family and friends.

Term 3: Program Updates Coming Soon – Term 3 is a Process term

The second semester kicks off with a term that will focus on important skills that are required for a good performance. A process focused term that prepares students for performance in Term 4.

Term 4: Program Updates Coming Soon – Term 4 is a Performance Focused Term 

Term 4 takes students from process to performance. Details of the course content will be made available when enrolments open.


Term programs are correct at the time of publication but may change during the year in response to changing circumstances or to better meet the needs of children enrolled in an Ensemble group. More details about individual Term programs will be made available when enrolments open for that term.


You can find a Senior Gecko Ensemble at the Following venues and times.

Gecko Ensembles run every week of the school term, normally starting the first Saturday of each term.  Each term concludes with a showing for parents and friends at the last session of the term.

The University of Western Australia

Dates  – Term Two Saturday 29 April – 24 June
Times 10:30am – 12:30pm
Venue UWA, meet at Jackson Court, adjacent to the Dolphin and Octagon Theatres each week
Cost $380 or $349.60 with early bird special*

Dates – Term Two Saturday 29 April – 24 June
Times 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Venue UWA, meet at Jackson Court, adjacent to the Dolphin and Octagon Theatres each week
Cost $380 or $349.60 with early bird special*

Koorliny Arts Centre – Kwinana

Dates – Term Term Two Saturday 29 April – 24 June
Times 12.30 – 2pm
Venue Koorliny Arts Cente, 10 Hutchins Way, Kwinana
Cost $180 or $165.60 with early bird special*

Broome in association with Broome Civic Theatre

Dates – Term Two Saturday 29 April – 24 June
Times 11 – 1pm
Venue Broome,  Broome Civic Centre, 27 Weld St, Broome WA
Cost $250 or $230 with early bird special*

*Early bird discount available from Tuesday 14 March 2017 until Tuesday 11 April 2017.

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